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Florence (Williams) Jackson scrapbooks and ephemera

Identifier: RHC-117

Scope and Contents

Collection contains one scrapbook of ephemera and personal memorabilia of Grand Rapdids Central High School from the late 1930s, where Florence Williams was a student. The book contains notes, certificates, event programs, and memorabilia of the Biology Club, Home Economics Club, the Girl Reserve organization, ticket stubs, and greeting cards. There are also several folders of loose materials related to the scrapbook.

The collection also contains two photograph albums dating from around 1940, containing black and white snapshots of Florence and William, their friends and families. The red scrapbook contains 82 photographs, and was likely created by Wiliam. It appears as though many of the original photographs were removed from the album before it was acquired. The green album, likely created by Florence, contains over 200 photographs, and is in fragile condition with numerous loose pages.


  • 1934-1942


Access to Materials

Collection is open for research use. Materials may be accessed by request at Special Collections and University Archives in Seidman House. Materials do not circulate.

Publication Rights

For information on copyright or permissions for this collection, contact Grand Valley State University Special Collections.

Biographical Note

Florence Williams was born November 2, 1922 in Grand Rapids. Her parents, Fred Williams (b. ca. 1891) and Florence L. Nitzal Williams (b. ca. 1897) were married February 8, 1915 in Illinois, and divorced on June 6, 1941. In addition to Florence, they had four other children, Donald F. (1920-2013), Richard Earl (1924-2007), Lois Marie (1916-2003), and Muriel (b. ca 1917).

Florence attended Grand Rapids Central High School during the late 1930s, and was involved in Biology CLub, Home Economics Club, the Girls Reserve Club.

On December 17, 1942, Florence married William Carl Jackson (1920-2004). He was the son of Charles Alfred Jackson (1881-1949) and Marie Lundstrom Jackson (1887-1974) and had two sisters, Anna C. (1912-1993) and Selma Pauline (1915-1996). Jackson joined the U.S. Army in 1943.

Florence and William had one son, Charles William Jackson, Sr. (b. 1947).


3 Linear Feet (2 flat boxes)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased on eBay, 2017.
Florence (Williams) Jackson scrapbook and ephemera
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Repository Details

Part of the Grand Valley State University Special Collections and University Archives Repository

Seidman House
1 Campus Drive
Allendale MI 49401 United States